Sharath, Mouma get direct entry; mixed day for Indians

New Delhi: Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal
and former national champion Mouma Das secured direct entry to
the main rounds in their respective singles category while
rest of the Indians yielded mixed performance in the Indian
Open table tennis championships here on Wednesday.

Former India number one Subhajit Saha started his journey
in the USD 100,000 event with two consecutive wins over Yeh
Chih-Wei of Chinese Taipei and compatriot Harmeet Desai with
an identical 4-2 scoreline in men`s singles qualifying round.

Meanwhile, reigning woman national champion Poulomi
Ghatak comprehensively beat compatriot Mamata Prabhu 4-1, but
then proved no match to Malaysian NG Sock Khim, who spanked
the Indian 4-0.

In other men`s singles matches, Sourav Chakraborty got
walk over against compatriot Arpit Bhopalkar but then went
down 1-4 to Ionescu Ovidiu of Romania.

Promising youngster G Sathiyan suffered a 3-4 defeat to
Ovidiu, but then got a walkover from Bhopalkar. Another young
Indian paddler Soumyajit Ghosh was humiliated 1-4 by Cai
Xiaoli of Singapore.

Among women, Olympian Neha Aggarwal had a forgettable day
as she suffered back-to-back defeats.

After going down 1-4 to compatriot Madhurika Patkar,
German Solja Amelie added salt to Neha`s wound by thrashing
her 0-4 in the qualifiers.

After two days of qualifying rounds, the main draw of the
tournament, which is also a test event for October 3-14
Commonwealth Games, will start from Friday.


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